Here are some easy things you can do that will make a big difference come spring.
The difference between a "so-so" lawn and a truly beautiful lawn both now and next spring is two fall feedings. Feeding in early September and again 6-8 weeks later, helps your lawn begin rebuilding grass roots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since this is also a great time to kill lawn weeds, you can do two jobs at once by applying a weed and feed, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Weed & Feed.
When kids play on a lawn that's still hurting from summer heat and drought, it can get damaged. Spruce it up by reseeding with a quality Scotts® grass seed mix and Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass. After that, just keep the seed and young grass watered - a light misting once or twice a day until the seedlings have reached a mowing height.
Don't let tree leaves smother your grass. Contrary to popular belief, fallen tree leaves will not insulate your lawn during winter. In fact, they can block vital sunlight and thin your grass. So, drop your rake and mulch your leaves to dime sized pieces with your lawn mower, and then apply your fall feeding.
Your second fall feeding should be about 6-8 weeks after your first fall feeding. Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food gives your lawn the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push and helps to break down those mulched leaves.
In late fall, drop your mower down and cut your lawn 1-2 inches shorter than you have the rest of the growing season. Continue to mow at 2 to 3 inches until your grass stops growing in early winter. You should cut your lawn slightly lower for the last cut.
They've served you well all season, but now it's time to put the tools away. You'll keep them from rusting if you clean them up before you hang them up. Also, if you're done mowing for the year, do your winter mower maintenance for storage.
It's probably too cold now to sip lemonade on the patio, so put your cushions away and haul the grill and furniture into storage until next year.
While you're hanging holiday lights, check the gutters. Thanksgiving weekend is when many people are out on ladders hanging lights for the holiday season. If you're up on one, take the time to clean out your gutters. You don't want clogged gutters when winter storms roll in.
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